Singer Imelda May became a mother for the first time on Thursday when she gave birth to daughter Violet Kathleen.

The 38-year-old chart-topper took to her social networking page to announce the happy news that she and husband Darrel Higham had become parents.

She stated: "Darrel and I are pleased to announce the arrival of Violet Kathleen Higham - our beautiful baby daughter, born August 23, 2012, at 11.30."

May had been due to give birth on August 16 - which was the 35th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death.